Alabama ruled to pay a lot of money for losing a gay marriage case

A same-sex couple exchanges rings after they registered their civil union at Rome's city hall on May 21, 2015 in Rome. The city of Rome organized today a "Celebration Day" to registrate civil unions including same-sex ones. Italy's Justice Minister Andrea Orlando said yesterday the country needs a civil unions law and a draft bill by ruling Democratic Party (PD) should be presented in parliament by the end of July. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

The state of Alabama is ordered to pay thousands of dollars of compensation over losing same-sex marriage case. US district judge Callie Granade has ordered the Yellowhammer State to pay $315,000 in fees to lawyers who fought to ensure marriage equality comes to the state. Same-sex marriages are approved in the USA on the federal level by the order of the Supreme Court in 2015. Previously Alabama was one of the states to have a state constitutional amendment that banned equal marriage. The state’s AG did not want to give any comments about the decision. The money is to be split between groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was known as one of the biggest campaigns for equal marriage in the United States. Earlier this month it was revealed that Donald Trump may be about to step back LGBT equality progress with an executive order that ‘protects’ religious freedom.


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